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Be Not Afraid

by Kay Vander Vort On March 13, 2020, a national emergency was declared concerning the Covid 19 outbreak. For the next week I devoured  a constant stream of news -  all related to the virus. On March 30, I woke up at 5:30 AM in order to go grocery shopping at 6:00 AM  the appointed…

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Uncertainty in the Time of Pandemic

by Linda Cherek In times of uncertainty, of not knowing, we may encounter the challenge of questioning where is God  in this pandemic? When we are not sure how long it will take for Covid 19 to be gone or at least managed, or the “pandemics” of racism, white supremacy and our current political divide…

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Seeking Spiritual Health

by Dan Johnson “As a society, we face pandemics both organic and cultural, both new and centuries old.  What does the community of spiritual directors at Loyola have to write about during this prolonged storm?” A few weeks ago, two of Loyola’s spiritual directors, Linda Cherek and Melisa Borgmann-Kiemde, were asked this question.  “What would…

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Grace Touches Shame

by Dan Johnson The summer days have been hot this year and not simply because of temperature and humidity. The heat comes from the amount of change that is called for in the world around us and deep within us. An invisible virus, Covid-19, spreads rampantly and wreaks havoc on gatherings, the economy, and lives.…

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Wise and Discerning Choices During COVID-19

By Tom Allen My wife Julie is in hospice nursing home care in late stages of Alzheimer’s.  She tested COVID positive.  We were faced with end of life choices.  (Miraculously, she survived, while 18 other residents around her died). I joined thousands of others in arson clean-up efforts.  I plan to see George Floyd’s makeshift…

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2020 JUSTICE: READING & VIEWING LIST with introduction by Kay Vander Vort

READ / VIEW      PRAY        SHARE “What can I do?”  “I feel so helpless!”  These are common thoughts of many of us who are not in essential services in the midst of three crises: COVID-19; Unveiling of Systemic Racism; and Economic Uncertainty. At our recent Loyola staff meeting we zeroed in on Racism.  We compiled a…

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Burn Brighter: An Invitation to Group Spiritual Practice During this time of Upheaval

by Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde “let us turn to our God and to the sacred light of the Holy Spirit that burns in each of us.”  – from Burn Brighter*, a Meditation by Ray Angle I sit, center myself, recognizing I am in God’s presence, take a deep breath, and there is Mr. George Floyd, trying to…

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Awake: Arise to Love

by Susanna Bertelsen                          “Awakened, Arise to Love” – Contemplating the Love of God As I continue to look for God’s consolation in these troubled times, I reflect on my experience with the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola and am drawn to review…

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by JoAnn Campbell-Rice When I drove an SUV with a spare tire on the back, I had a friend paint on it a globe and the words only connect. Often strangers in a parking lot would approach and ask what it meant. “What do you think it means?” I’d reply.  I watched them wrestle with…

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We Are Witnesses

Our email newsletter that went out on Friday, May 29, 2020.Arise in LoveArise in LoveAs each person is awakened to the sacred in all life, the world is transformed. This week we are witnessing a deep truth of our reality whispered and shouted from the streets. From our privileged role as witnesses, the landscape of collective…

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